- Zekun Shuai, jamessuckling.com
Ganko is another nickname that Olivier has acquired, but this one came from his Japanese importer. It means “stubborn,” which is a valuable trait for any outsider, especially making wine his own way in Rioja. Ganko comes from a site at 600 meters in elevation near Cárdenas in Rioja Alta. Olivier farms 60–90-year-old Garnacha and Mazuelo in sandy and ferrous, red clay soils. Olivier considers this wine to be his 1er Cru Village Rioja.